Wondering what to buy as a perfect gift for your traveller friends? This list of treats will be keep even the most particular of travellers happy (and there's a pressie to suit all budgets!)
1. Beautiful travel journals
There are a host of travel journals out there. Personally, I prefer small lightweight notebooks as they weigh less and encourage you to write rather than type on a screen at the end of a day.
I love how simple these 'observations' and 'thoughts' books are.
From £.12/$16 Paperchase
Pic credit: Paperchase
2. Travel pillows
Perfect for red-eye flights, this snugly wrap around pillow works like a scarf with hidden support so you won't wake up with neck cramp!
I have had one of these for a few flights and they actually work! £30/$35 Amazon
3.Best in Travel 2018
Lonely Planet's guide on where to go next year would be my fireside Boxing Day reading
4. Airbnb gift card
I had no idea these existing until a few weeks ago! The perfect gift for a digital nomad.
From £20/$25, Airbnb
5. Lightweight, packable warm layers
I've taken this super lightweight down vest to many chilly destinations. In fact I would have been lost without it in Stockholm, when it was snowing. It folds down to no size at all and keeps you toasty
6. Sleepy time eye mask
I love this velvet sleep mask from Oliver Bonas, a little bit of luxury to shut the world out and help you get those precious zzzs
£15/$20 Oliver Bonas
Pic credit: Oliver Bonas
7. Travel inspiration from those who have already been there
If you (or your friend) is still unsure as to whether solo travel is for you, check out some of these inspirational tales from solo female travellers:
Amy Baker's hilarious account of travels through South America
Miss-adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America
Kristin Newman's memoir of her solo travels is a MUST read
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
Of course, I couldn't leave out my book ;-)
A Girls' Guide to Travelling Alone: Inspiring true tales from solo women travellers